The top HR stories you may have missed this week

Listed below are the biggest stories you may have missed this week.

Training not taken in to account as use of automation doubles


The number of companies worldwide deploying automation at scale has doubled since last year (2018), however, more than half have not looked in to the fact if their staff will need to be retrained to work alongside it.

This comes from research conducted by Deloitte, the audit, tax, consulting and enterprise risk business on robotic and intelligent automation. It found that 60 per cent of organisations have not yet looked in to whether automation will require their employees to retrain.

Since 2018, the amount of businesses that have implemented automation has risen from four to eight per cent. These eight per cent of businesses said they have deployed over 50 automations in their businesses, such as robotics, machine learning and natural language processing.

The worst mistakes candidates make during a job interview


Employers have revealed what mannerisms, presentation issues and behaviours annoy them the most when interviewing candidates for a job.

According to a new survey by CV-Library, an independent job board, almost 79 per cent of employers confess that they get angry because of a candidate’s actions during a job interview. This irritating behaviour has left less than one in every ten candidates (9.7 per cent) getting hired by their potential employer.

Good work-life balance comes with flexible working


Nearly half of millennials have taken an extended period of time off work as the majority of the UK workforce favours flexible working as the key to achieving a good work-life balance.

This was discovered by Fidelity International, an investment management services company, Modern Life Report, which found that 46 per cent of millennials have taken a substantial period of time off work and 55 per cent of people believing being able to work flexibly is important for their work-life balance.

Career expert predicts what jobs will emerge due to rise of automation


Due to the rise of automation and half of companies predicting that it will lead to some reduction in their full-time workforce by 2022, a career expert has predicted seven jobs they expect to see in the future.

Polina Montano, co-founder of JOB TODAY, the employment network app has given her prediction of what jobs recruiters may be trying to fill in the future in response to the World Economic Forum (WEF) stating that 50 per cent of companies believe automation will lead to a drop in staff.

Her predictions include extinct species revivalist and space nurse.

More than three quarters of disabled workers think ‘outdated’ technology is holding them back


More than three quarters of disabled knowledge workers believe ‘outdated’ technology in the workplace is impeding their work opportunities, despite the vast majority of IT decision makers confirming that the technology exists.

This research was carried out by Citirx, an American multinational software company. It found that 77 per cent of disabled knowledge workers hold the opinion that ‘outdated’ technology in the workplace is limiting work opportunities for disabled people.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.